In Muskegon, Memorial Day parades draw large crowds to honor and remember fallen veterans

Veterans march in the Lakeside Memorial Day Parade. Photo by Anna Gustafson

The Greater Muskegon Memorial Day Parade and the Lakeside Memorial Day Parade drew large crowds on Monday, when people from throughout the region gathered in the city to honor veterans and remember those who gave their lives in military service.

Here, we’ve compiled photos from both the Greater Muskegon Memorial Day Parade, which was held in downtown Muskegon, and the Lakeside Memorial Day Parade. Both parades occurred the morning of Monday, May 27. The Greater Muskegon Memorial Day Parade began on Morris Street, by the Social Security Building, proceeded to Terrace Street, turned onto Clay Avenue, and ended at Hackley Park. The Lakeside Memorial Day Parade started at the Lakeside Veterans Club and ended at the Lakeside Cemetery.

Photos from the Greater Muskegon Memorial Day Parade

The Reeths-Puffer Marching Band in the parade.

The crowd lines the parade route in downtown Muskegon.

The Greater Muskegon Memorial Day Parade.

A U.S. Marine Corps veteran marches.

Members of Steps with Stella Kay dance school in Muskegon Heights.

The parade included participants of all ages.

Members of the Muskegon Middle School Band.

A marcher hands out much-welcomed candy.

Marchers sported many a creative red, white and blue outfit for the parade.

Members of the Muskegon County Sheriff’s Office ride on horses during the parade.

A four-legged friend enjoys riding in the parade.

The Muskegon Soccer Club marches.

The parade crowd.

Athletic Sensations twirlers entertain the crowd.

Volunteers from the Muskegon Polish Festival march.

One of the youngest parade watchers points to the passing marchers.

The Reeths-Puffer Marching Band.

A member of the Reeths-Puffer Marching Band.

City of Muskegon Mayor Stephen Gawron, left, and City Commissioner Willie German.

The Mona Shores Middle School band members.

A Shrine Clown rides in the parade.

The Miss Shoreline Scholarship Program.

The Wounded Warrior Project at the parade.

The Mona Shores Middle School Sailors.

The American Red Cross.

Drivers showcased numerous vintage cars during the parade.

Vintage cars.

The parade route.

This driver may have been small, but she got some of the biggest cheers.

Members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 446, located at 165 S. Getty St. in Muskegon.

Ladies Auxiliary members march in the parade.

Mona Shores High School Marching Band members.

Veterans march in the parade.

A police car leads the parade.

U.S. Coast Guard members throw candy to the crowd.

More of the downtown crowd.

Photos from the Lakeside Memorial Day Parade

A U.S. Navy veteran and member of Rolling Thunder, a nonprofit organization that aims to draw the attention of the government, media, and general public to POW and MIA veterans.

Military planes fly over Lakeside during the parade.

Parade goers line the route.

Vintage cars in Lakeside.

Members of Vikings Linne Lodge 57, a Scandinavian social club based in Lakeside, march in the parade.

A representative from the American Red Cross waves his flags.

An enthusiastic crowd.

One of the youngest riders is thrilled when the military planes fly overhead.

The parade crowd.

A proud family member takes a video as the Muskegon Big Red Marching Band goes by.

The Muskegon Big Red Marching Band.

Representatives from the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum in the parade.

The USS LST 393 Veterans Museum will commemorate D-Day on May 31 and June 1. To see all of the information about the event, please click here.

The Marine Corps League Muskegon Detachment #703.

Photos by Anna Gustafson, the publisher and editor of Muskegon Times. Connect with Anna by emailing MuskegonTimes@gmail.com or on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

One thought on “In Muskegon, Memorial Day parades draw large crowds to honor and remember fallen veterans

  • May 28, 2019 at 7:04 pm
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    Beautiful photographs! Great job catching one of the planes, too!

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